8 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

8 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

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8 days in Gold Coast & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
1
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
End: Brisbane

4
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Visit Burleigh Head National Park and Belongil Beach for some beach relaxation. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bexhill Open Air Cathedral and Fingal Head Lighthouse. When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, approximately 54 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Springbrook National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Vincent's Catholic Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Fingal Head Lighthouse, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Belongil Beach
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Springbrook National Park ©
Springbrook National Park
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Albert Street Uniting Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Brisbane to go to Caloundra and see Bulcock Beach, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda, take a stroll through Queen Street Mall, and see the interesting displays at Queensland Maritime Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip planning tool .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Brisbane are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bulcock Beach
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Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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